Halloween and candy go together like Christmas and presents. For many children the biggest thrill of Halloween is all the candy that they receive while trick-or-treating. Anyone who grew up in America probably has had the pleasure of trick-or-treating all evening and then spending additional hours sorting through (and devouring) the collected candy.
Candy is such an essential part of the Halloween tradition that even stanchly anti-sugar adults tend to relent and let their children indulge this time of the year. A little bit of candy now and again will not hurt anyone who can handle sugar intake, but too much candy can absolutely be problematic to one’s teeth. Therefore, the key to safety eating candy is to embrace the concept of balance and moderation.
Instead of denying children candy on Halloween, simply explaining the importance of only eating sugary sweets in moderation—meaning to eat the candy bit by bit—is much more effective. That way the candy will last longer and is less likely to cause tooth or tummy aches. Halloween candy is a good thing but too much of anything is rarely good. Children will respond to rules better if the object of concern is regulated but not outright banned. This kind of compromise makes parents seem more reasonable and makes it more likely that children will listen when parents one day must ban some things—like alcohol—outright.